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Salon attack: NAB officer suspended till probe completion

Salon attack: NAB officer suspended till probe completion

KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has suspended its deputy director Mir Ausaf Ali Talpur after he and his wife were booked by police for storming into a beauty salon, beating up its staff and ransacking the entire place while suspecting salon workers of stealing her gold chain.

His service has been suspended till the completion of an internal inquiry by a NAB committee that has been tasked to look into the incident and recommend action if he is actually found guilty of violence, according to the orders issued from the NAB headquarters in Islamabad, said a source privy to the development.

Related: NAB official, wife booked for Karachi salon ransack

“If the internal inquiry doesn’t find him guilty, he will be back in his office,” added the source.

“The internal inquiry is conducted by NAB officials themselves. It’s nothing new as in the past several internal inquiries were conducted against NAB officials for different complaints lodged by different individuals and institutions.”

However, he preferred to stay silent when asked about the fate of those internal inquiries conducted by NAB in the past against its officials and chances of Mr Talpur’s coming out clean after the inquiry despite the fact that the footage recorded by the CCTV cameras installed at the salon showed his men storming into the facility.

In another video most probably recorded through a mobile phone that went viral on the social media, his wife Hina Khan is shouting at the salon staff and threatening them it could “cost them heavily” as they “don’t know who I am”.

The Sharea Faisal police had registered an FIR on a complaint of the salon owner against Mr Talpur, his wife and other officials reportedly belonging to NAB under Sections 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 395 (robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Published in Dawn, April 10th, 2016

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